What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is one of the most significant, exciting and innovative developments for decades in the treatment of trauma-related conditions. It is supported by extensive research and is recommended for the treatment of PTSD by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR appears to mimic what the brain does naturally during dreaming or REM (Rapid Eye Movements) sleep. EMDR is a natural therapy that helps the brain to work through distressing material. The process involves repeated left-right (bilateral) stimulation of the brain while noticing different aspects of the traumatic memory. Clients follow my hand-movements whilst we talk about aspects of the memory – but much less ‘talking’ happens than in the usual process of psychotherapy.

Is EMDR suitable for you?

We can discuss the suitability of EMDR and I will do an assessment in collaboration with you. We will talk about what you are struggling with, your current ways of coping, what else is going on in your life at the moment and how the sessions would work for you. You do not have to be experiencing PTSD for it to be an appropriate treatment. EMDR can be useful with phobias, grief, accidents/injuries, other emotionally charged memories or events and some cases of depression/anxiety/panic attacks. Costs and sessions EMDR sessions are usually 90 minutes long and cost £100.